2021 Virtual Gala Highlights

2021 Virtual Gala


Featuring President Biden, Speaker Pelosi and Michelle Obama and honoring Stacey Abrams, Yvette Nicole Brown, Rep. DeLaura and Darren Walker

Special Gala Video


Produced by Shawn Cosby to commemorate our 50th Anniversary

Special Guests

President Joseph R. Biden Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
President of the United States

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Nancy Pelosi Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives

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Michelle Obama Michelle Obama
Former First Lady

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Distinguished Honorees

Stacey Abrams Stacey Abrams
Voting Rights Advocate, Attorney, Best-selling Author, and Civil Rights Activist

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Yvette Nicole Brown Yvette Nicole Brown
Award-winning Actor, Host, Writer, and Social Justice Activist

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Rep. Rosa DeLauro Rep. Rosa DeLauro
U.S. Congresswoman for Connecticut's Third District, Tireless Champion for Women and Families

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Darren Walker Darren Walker
President of the Ford Foundation, Visionary, and Leader in Philanthropy

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Additional Event Highlights

Photo of outgoing National Partnership president Debra Ness next to a photo of incoming president Jocelyn Frye

A look back at 50 years of National Partnership
With an eye toward the future as incoming president Joceyln Frye who shares her vision for the next 50 years of the National Partnership

Interactive program book

Gala Program
Flip through the interactive gala program from our 50th Anniversary virtual celebration

Special interactive annual report

50th Anniversary Annual Report
Our annual reports tell our story each year: the issues we championed, the victories we won and the work still to do

Event Quotes

"Fifty years ago, a group of extraordinary women joined together with a mission of creating a world of opportunity and dignity for all women. All women. Today’s National Partnership for Women & Families is one of the most effective, most consequential organizations in this country." — President Joseph R. Biden

"We should be encouraging as many people as possible to make their voices heard… We will not let up. We will continue to advocate for equity, to ensure progress. To ensure more for the next generation. We will continue to blaze trails and push forward no matter how insurmountable the obstacles might seem." — Stacey Abrams, founder of Fair Fight Action, distinguished honoree

"Since 1971, the National Partnership has been focused on a singular mission: to create a world where all women and families have the freedom, opportunity, and dignity to live to our fullest potential." — Representative Rosa DeLauro, distinguished honoree

"I couldn't be more thrilled about your organization's next leader, the one and only Jocelyn Frye. … Because with her vision, her devotion to making a real, concrete difference, and that abiding caring spirit that underpins everything she does, you all couldn't be in better hands as you set off to write the next chapter of your organization’s story." — Michelle Obama, former First Lady

"I now get to pass the torch to the extraordinary Jocelyn Frye with complete confidence that she will keep that fire burning. That she will lead this organization with fierce determination and exceptional wisdom. She will be a phenomenal leader for our team, a strategic and steadfast partner for our allies, and a relentless champion for all women and families. She embraces and embodies our mission to her core. And I know this organization's best is yet to come." — Debra Ness, outgoing president of the National Partnership

"Our work is needed now more than ever to secure economic and health justice, advance equity and opportunity, and prioritize care and care supports. And center the needs of women of color and those experiencing the harshest disparities in the nation’s policy priorities. … We need policies and practices that redefine what equitable environments look like and counter long-standing barriers. … Working together, I know that the National Partnership will continue to break new ground and old barriers for the next 50 years and beyond." — Jocelyn Frye, National Partnership President

"… The National Partnership has done so much to change the trajectory of women and the families they nurture and love. Their herstory is filled with years of focus on issues that increase equity, health and economic justice, and the ways those issues impacts a woman’s ability to thrive and fully participate in our society. Their decision to focus especially on the needs of women of color and other marginalized communities matter greatly to me. Because I am one of those women." — Yvette Nicole Brown, award winning actor, distinguished honoree

"For five decades, [the National Partnership has] served as a crucial ally … in nearly every legislative battle, from health care reform to equal pay to paid leave to historic progress we’re forging with our Build Back Better Agenda." —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

"One sign of victory is that we can hardly remember the days when women couldn’t get a checking account at the bank … when women were basically told to stay home, take care of the kids …" —Ellen Malcolm, founder of EMILY's List

"… It will take all of us to build a world free from gender bias and discrimination. A world where all women and all families live with dignity and equity. A world where we respect and redefine how we care for one another and the people who care for us. As we set our sights on the next 50 years, let’s recommit to that highest call. And build a just world together." — Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, distinguished honoree

"If there's an opportunity to make life better for women in the United States, then the National Partnership for Women & Families will be there leading the charge to make it a reality." — Senator Tammy Duckworth

Our Generous Supporters

(partial list)

Pacesetters: BlueCross BlueShield Association, Covington & Burling LLP, Cravath, Google, Swaine & Moore LLP, Stephanie Davis, Shreya Devendra Jani and Michael Parini, Johnson & Johnson, R. May Lee, Morgan Stanley, Morrison & Foerster LLP, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

Underwriters: AARP, Airbnb, Inc., Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Clifford Chance US LLP, EMILY's List, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Pfizer, PWR, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Sheppard Mullin

Distinguished Supporters: ABIM Foundation, Anthem, Inc., Nancy L. Buc, Dr. Richard and Jane Baron, Isabel P. Dunst, Every Mother Counts, George Krupp, Ellen R. Malcolm, NCQA, The Nussdorf Family, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Ruth and Stephen Pollak, Chris Sale, The Honorable Donna E. Shalala, Joe Solmonese, Williams & Connolly LLP